Following Japan’s surrender in September 1945, General Douglas MacArthur ordered the arrest of 40 war criminals, including prime minister Hideki Tojo. Days later, with military police surrounding his home, Tojo shot himself in the chest, but was not killed. "I am very sorry it is taking me so long to die," he said, while bleeding profusely. “I wait for the righteous judgment of history. I wished to commit suicide but sometimes that fails." After healing from his wounds, Tojo was put on trial for war crimes by The International Military Tribunal for the Far East, where he formally accepted responsibility for his actions, saying, “It is natural that I should bear entire responsibility for the war in general, and, needless to say, I am prepared to do so.” Tojo was sentenced to death on November 12, 1948 and hanged the next month. Before he was executed, the former prime minister apologized for the atrocities committed by his military.